I haven’t given much airtime to Mike Leake this season and I’ll admit, I expected Mike’s pipes to Leake a bit as he faced the Dodgers Wednesday night, but he dazzled with a line of 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. He’s now sporting a low 1.91 ERA despite a 3.78 SIERA and 3.47 xFIP. Maybe he’s really good at surpressing HRs? He holds a 8.5% HR/FB rate this year after holding a 13.0%+ every season in his career except one where he had a 11.5% in 2013. Oh, and then there’s his .236 BABIP despite being a heavy groundball pitcher who is inducing 17.2% soft contact (average, but it doesn’t speak to an elite BABIP inducer) and an 85.6% LOB rate that is far from sustainable. So let’s say this regresses to around a 3.60 ERA arm. Well, then you’re left with his 6.16 K/9 that has given you 4.5 Ks per start, but that has required a near 7 IPS to render that kind of production. With a worse ERA comes shorter starts and we’re left with about 4 Ks per start. That’s not good and a bit risky on a given night as a start that doesn’t go his way will given you little to salvage. So what, drop Leake? Ha, definitely not. Ride this one out for all it’s worth. All I’m saying is don’t fall in love with him, listen to offers, and don’t wait too long to call the plumber when it starts dripping.
Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:
Sonny Gray – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 11 Ks. With Gray coming back from the DL, I’ve been saying the main thing to look at is his breaking ball usage. It was the biggest problem last year and he needs to get the feel back for him to be a solid arm for your squad. Well, last night he threw his Slider – which has a 23.8% whiff rate – nearly 30% of the time after hovering around 7% across his three previous starts. That’s a great sign. He threw the breaker a ton and it worked in his favor. I’m not sure this will stick, though, as he featured the pitch mostly out of the zone and still struggles throwing the pitch for a strike. Gray did a great job of getting ahead with his other pitches yesterday, but if that crumbles, so does the rest of it. I’m cautiously optimistic here, not enough for me to send out plenty of offers.
Luis Severino – 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. And Severino is still a beast. I wonder if we’ll be considering him Top 20 entering 2018…Ground ball rate is above 50%, near 10 K/9 with a 2.29 BB/9, FIP at 3.29, xFIP 2.94. Fantastic.
Tyler Chatwood – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 4 BBs, 8 Ks. I’ve been rolling with the Rockies staff all week as they face the Phillies and let’s be honest, they are good outside of Coors against bottom third offenses. Don’t let this be more than it is. Streamer Record 22.5-16-7.
Tanner Roark – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks. After a week or two of me putting down Roark, of course he’s going to go out and have his best start of the season. Funny part is that even with a 8/0 K per BB, Roark still has a meh 7.71 K/9 and blegh 3.24 BB/9. Just sayin’. Hard contact is still great at 27.6%, too bad it doesn’t come with the elite soft contact he had last year (around 24%) as it sits currently at a pedestrian 16.1% mark.
Kyle Hendricks – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. The first few starts were terrible for Hendricks, but his last six have been great – 1.96 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 6.0+ IPS, 5 Ks per start, and 23.3% soft contact. However, he’s needed an 86.6% LOB Rate and .250 BABIP to get there while his SIERA sits at 4.09 as well. I think I’m still selling here.
Charlie Morton – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. Considering he allowed 4 ER twice in a row to solid offenses, I think this is the first test Morton has properly passed as he did great things against the Tigers. The main concern has been how Morton performs the 2nd and third times through a lineup and seeing seven frames is fantastic. It was just the fourth time in 10 starts that he’s pitched at least six frames – ouch – and his walk rate has risen to 3.59 – that’s bad – BUT he’s sporting a 3.42 xFIP and 10.14 K/9 as well with a 51.3% groundball rate. The best news here is that he gets the Twins, Rangers, Angels, Rangers, Athletics across his next five games and I think you have to own him through all of it.
Julio Teheran – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. There were a trio of unearned runs here as well, but that doesn’t really matter and you should be very pleased with this if you still trust Teheran. I don’t.
Daniel Norris – 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Norris gave us an outing I was expecting to see a bunch of during the preseason, problem is that it took until May for us to get it. Velocity still isn’t what it was and I’m not buying he’s turned the corner.
Jose Berrios – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Boy did Berrios look good through this start. His seventh inning contained a pair of solo shots against the Orioles as this could have been six frames of 1 run ball, but whatever. His breaking ball is as gorgeous as they come and his Fastball command is better than what we saw last year. Get pumped.
Chris Sale – 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Wait, Sale didn’t collect double-digit strikeouts?! WHAT DO I EVEN PAY YOU FOR.
Trevor Bauer – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. This is…fine. I’d be happy with this if I ran with Bauer, I find it hard to really have much in faith in him though. Now, it would be remiss to not mention his 10.62 K/9 and 3.44 xFIP, but a 4.61 FIP, 3.24 BB/9 and 5.56 IPS aren’t doing any favors. You might also point to his .328 BABIP (and of course 22.4% HR/FB, yikes!), but then there’s also a 36.7% hard contact with just 13.7% soft. I’m not buying here.
Jason Hammel – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Hammel has had just two starts under 3 ER all season and his BB/9 is at 3.66 with a 4.77 FIP and 5.32 xFIP. No thanks.
Martin Perez – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Blegh, whatever Perez.
Robert Gsellman – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. We’re at the point that we’ll take a PQS from Gsellman and that makes me all kinds of sad.
Marcus Stroman – 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. Oh come on Stroman, aren’t we over the whole “I’m going through a phase” attitude? I have to dock you for this. You give me no choice.
Rich Hill – 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 4 Hits, 7 BBs, 4 Ks. Seven walks? SEVEN WALKS?! Why are we still owning Hill?
Matt Moore – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. And this is why you dropped Moore a few weeks ago.
Lisalverto Bonilla – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. Blegh. Bonilla’s stuff isn’t as bad as this looks, but boy is it raw right now. No reason to chase it while it’s looking like McNuggets before they are processed.
Chris Tillman – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. GUESS WHAT. You can’t spell Win with Tillman. In all seriousness, I still think there’s ROS value in Tillman for a 12-teamer, just one as a Toby and not someone you’re excited about owning.
Jarred Cosart – 2.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 1 Ks. Welcome to the portion of the Roundup where I effectively toss pitchers aside like they are junk mail. First up is Jarred. Why would I get Cosart when I already love my subscription to Berrios? Why are you making me pay for a landline phone?!
Randall Delgado – 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. He can throw hard. He can’t pitch hard, know what I mean? No, I don’t. Oh. Delgado isn’t a guy you can depend on locating well enough to be a consistent asset. Ah.
Erasmo Ramirez – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. I don’t trust this whatsoever.
Ricky Nolasco – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. I trust this completely.
Sam Gaviglio – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks. Nothing like one strikeout over six frames, right? Four unearned runs as well in this one did him no favors, but this looks like a Grave Mistake where you think Sam is crossing his fingers as you shake hands.
Edinson Volquez – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. A PQS for Volquez? Sure, that’s cool.
Trevor Williams – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. I feel bad for Trevor. He’ll never be close to having the same success as his sisters.
Jose Quintana – 4.1 IP, 8 ER, 8 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks. Look at that K/BB! In seriousness, I was really hoping Quintana had taken a step forward after his great start in Seattle and this a huge damper. The Dbacks are tough, but come on Quintana…Next is Boston and that’s huge pile of NOPE.
Jeremy Hellickson – 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 8 Hits, 4 BBs, 2 Ks. If you listened to the podcast, we talked about how low Hellickson’s combined K/9 and BB/9 numbers were. They were 5.26 combined entering this start. Now that’s up to 5.78. What are you chasing for with Hellickson? Seriously?
Tyler Anderson vs. Philadelphia Phillies – I’m doubling-down today as I love Anderson’s last three starts + the Phils are just not a good offense. Yes this the fourth Rockies starter vs the Phils in a row, but I really don’t care as they have all done well.